Andre Villas-Boas is will not become Celtic’s next manager, according to his agent.
Sky Bet this week installed the Portuguese second favourite on odds of just 3/1 after a flood of bets from punters.
His price has subsequently drifted to 5/1, with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez installed as 5/4 favourite ahead of Neil Lennon, who’s the 9/4 second favourite.
Villas-Boas’ representative Jean-Paul Lares insists the Portuguese won’t be heading to Glasgow to take over in the East End.
He told the Scottish Sun: “André will not be working in Scotland in the foreseeable future and will not be available for comment.”
Football Insider verdict:
Well, that’s about that, then. The dramatic drop in odds for Villas-Boas should not be seen as an indicator that he’s in the running to be the new Celtic manager. That’s not to say the Parkhead hierarchy have not reached out to the 41-year-old, who has taken a sabbatical from football since leaving Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG in November 2017. It would be daft not to do due diligence on who might be available to take over as permanent boss from Brendan Rodgers.Villas-Boas has a CV packed with some stellar clubs, including Chelsea, Tottenham, Zenit St Petersburg and Porto, and has done better than his critics might have you think, winning league titles in Portugal and Russia, and has gone down in history as the youngest manager to win a European trophy – the Europa League at Porto at the ridiculously precocious age of 33. It’s back to the drawing board for Celtic.
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